Natalie Alane concentrates her practice on family law, Collaborative practice, and appellate law and is a trained mediator. Before co-founding Alane & Chartier, P.L.C., she served as a senior staff attorney to Michigan Supreme Court Justice Michael F. Cavanagh and Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Stephen L. Borrello and worked as a staff attorney in the Michigan Court of Appeals Research Division. Ms. Alane has taught Scholarly Writing, Moot Court, and Advanced Legal Writing at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School and currently teaches Family Law as an adjunct professor.
Natalie is the Immediate Past President of the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Ingham County Bar Association, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Ms. Alane serves as a board member for the Resolution Services Center of Central Michigan and also sits on the Institute of Continuing Legal Education's Family Law Advisory Board. She is an in-demand presenter and writer for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the State Bar, having given over eighteen presentations over the past four years in all aspects of family law, including child custody, child and spousal support, division and valuation of assets, bankruptcy, and hot topic issues. She was named a Top Woman Lawyer by Michigan Lawyer's Weekly in 2011.
Natalie grew up in Florida, and while she misses the ocean and seafood, she loves the snow in Michigan. In her spare time, Natalie loves to hike and travel.
Paul Armentano is the Deputy Director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana laws, and a Senior Policy Advisor at Freedom Leaf, Inc. He also serves on the faculty of Oaksterdam University, where he lectures of the safety and efficacy of cannabis. His writing and research have appeared in over 750 publications, scholarly and/or peer-reviewed journals, as well as in more than a dozen textbooks and anthologies. He is a regulator contributor to The Hill as well as to to numerous other publications. He is the co-author of the book Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? (2009, Chelsea Green), which has been licensed and translated internationally. His most recent book, The Citizen's Guide to State-By-State Marijuana Laws (2015), is available from Whitman Publishing. His writing also appears in the 2016 book, The Medical Marijuana Dispensary: Understanding, Medicating, and Cooking with Cannabis, available from Althea Press.
Mr. Armentano was the principal investigator for defense counsel in US v Schweder et al., the first federal evidentiary hearing in over 40 years to consider the constitutionality of cannabis as a schedule I controlled substance. He was also a rebuttal expert in the successful Canadian constitutional challenge, Allard et al v Her Majesty the Queen, which determined that prohibitions on the rights of qualified patients to cultivate cannabis in their homes were "not in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice."
Mr. Armentano provides content to TheAnswerPage.com, an online medical educational resource that provides daily education to healthcare professionals in 120 countries. A version of this curriculum is now required in New York State for any physician who wishes to participate in that state's medical cannabis program. Mr. Armentano is the 2013 Freedom Law School Health Freedom Champion of the Year and the 2013 Alfred R. Lindesmith award recipient in the achievement in the field of scholarship.
Edward M. Burch is an attorney in San Francisco, CA, specializing in asset forfeiture defense. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of New Mexico School of Law, where he received the Julia Raymand McCulloch Memorial Award for Demonstrated Excellence in the Field of Constitutional Law -- in part for spearheading a publicized civil rights lawsuit against the Albuquerque Police Department's "party patrol" with attorney Charles Knoblauch -- and also prosecuted cases through trial in Albuquerque Metro Court in the District Attorney law clinic program. Since joining with attorney David Michael in San Francisco in 2007, Mr. Burch and Mr. Michael have litigated forfeiture cases in at least twelve different Federal District Courts and four different Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal throughout the country and are among the very few attorneys who have successfully obtained orders of attorney's fees against the United States for prevailing in forfeiture cases, with multiple U.S. District Courts recognizing them as having expertise in forfeiture litigation. Recent victories in forfeiture cases include U.S. v. Grossi, 482 F. App'x 252, 255 (9th Cir. 2012) (the government ordered to return financed portion of forfeited warehouse to client convicted of illegally maintaining marijuana grow in the warehouse because client continued to pay off loan after being indicted); U.S. v. $574,840, et. al., 19 F.3d 648 (7th Cir. 2013) (reversing district court order granting government's motion to strike claimants for a supposed lack of Article III standing); U.S. v. 7215 Longboat Dr., 750 F.3d 968 (8th Cir. 2014) (reversing district court order granting government's motion to strike claimants' claims as untimely, holding that the government failed to provide proper notice of the claim deadlines); U.S. v. $85,688.00, 577 Fed. Appx. 811 (10th Cir. 2014) (reversing district court's denial of claimant's motion to suppress with subsequent order granting attorney fees); U.S. v. $239,400, 795 F.3d 639 (7th Cir. 2015) (seminal opinion, reversing district court's order granting government's motion for summary judgment based on claimants' supposed lack of Article III standing and failure to sufficiently answer special interrogatories); People v. Bobcat Tractor, Shasta Cty Sup. Ct. No. CV-15-0181766 (09/04/15) (dismissing case on due process grounds, denying People's motion to amend, and returning property to client). Mr. Burch is a longtime member of the NORML Legal Committee.
Mary Chartier is a criminal defense litigator and founding partner at Alane & Chartier, P.L.C., with offices in Lansing and Grand Rapids, Michigan. She practices in courts throughout the state, including practicing extensively in federal court. Before starting the law firm, one of Mary's positions was working at the Michigan Supreme Court for Justice Michael F. Cavanagh, who is now Of Counsel at Alane & Chartier, P.L.C. Mary is a member of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, NORML, and the National College of DUI Defense. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, Chairperson of the Ingham County Bar Association's Criminal Law Section, Secretary/Treasurer of the State Bar of Michigan's Marijuana Law Section, and an officer on the Board of Directors of the Ingham County Bar Association. Mary taught at Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School for over ten years, including teaching the nation's first medical marijuana class. She has presented at numerous nationwide and state conferences on topics related to criminal defense, including presenting at conferences organized by the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Michigan Judges Association, NORML, National College for DUI Defense, and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Mary has also taught at the highly regarded Hillman Advocacy Program, which provides federal courtroom training to trial lawyers and is sponsored by the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Mary has received numerous awards, including being named one of the Top Women Attorneys in Michigan by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Mary has argued and won numerous cases at the Michigan Supreme Court, including winning three cases in one year. At the Michigan Supreme Court, she also won People v. Koon, which related to impairment and medical marijuana use. Among Mary's federal experience, she won a full acquittal in a federal drug dealing and money laundering case, and she was lead counsel in a federal RICO trial. In 2015, Mary started and ended the year with "not guilty" verdicts in two cases - one involving an attempted murder and one involving multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct - in which no offers were made because the government believed their cases were so strong.
Mary E. Conn & Associates has been a "client-based" practice, with generally 85% or more of the practice being criminal defense, both in federal and state courts, first based in Texas and then 10 years in the Bay Area of California. Ms. Conn holds licenses in both states and in several federal courts, including the USSC. Ms. Conn has handled broad spectrum of criminal cases, from marijuana to murder, illegal re-entry, other first degree aggravated or strike cases, drug possession and/or distribution cases, sex offenses, internet crimes, bank fraud, DUI's and a variety of misdemeanors, in federal and state courts. A significant portion of cases have been indigent clients, many pro bono. The focus of the practice has always been the best possible resolution of the matter for the individual client, regardless of whether the case was paid, appointed, or pro bono through the local bar association. On many occasions, she was able to resolve or try cases for some difficult or mentally ill clients, when other lawyers had been discharged by clients or courts.
Leonard I. Frieling has been practicing criminal defense law in Colorado since 1976. His practice is limited to criminal defense including allegations or charges related to: drug cases, driving cases, assaults; weapons violations, domestic violence, and more. As of 3/7/2012, Lenny is serving, by invitation, as Director for Colorado NORML, assisting in the reorganization of and re-activation of Colorado NORML. Lenny has been honored by being selected for the 2011 Colorado Super Lawyers, as well as being accepted as a member of the NCDD (National College for DUI Defense).
Emily Harris Gant is the Co-Chair of the Cannabis Industry Group at Garvey Schubert Barer. She advises producers, processors, retailers and third-party service providers on cannabis-related corporate, licensing, regulatory, and marketing matters. Further, Emily handles disputes for cannabis clients, whether finding resolution or preparing for a successful lawsuit. Emily received her Bachelor of Arts in History with Honors from Whitman College. Before law school, she taught second grade in the Mississippi Delta with the Teach for America program. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Washington School of Law, and subsequently served as a law clerk for the Honorable Elaine M. Houghton, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II. Emily is licensed to practice in Washington and Oregon.
Gerald "Gerry" Harris Goldstein is a nationally known and respected defense lawyer at Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley in San Antonio, Texas. He is a past president of both the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He has served as amicus curiae for NACDL in many high-profile cases, including CNN v. Manuel Noriega and Joe Does v. United States, arguing lawyers should not be required to disclose the identity of cash-paying clients on IRS forms.
His forceful Congressional testimony during the 1996 House Waco hearings is credited with helping to turn the tide against further suppression of citizens' rights in America. More recently, he represented Dr. Al-Badr Al Hazmi, a fifth-year radiology resident in San Antonio who was arrested on Sept. 12, 2001. Subsequently, Goldstein testified before Congress on his client's request to speak with counsel.
Gerry Goldstein is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Texas Lawyer's Legal Legends. He also has been profiled in numerous publications, served as an adjunct professor of law at University of Texas School of Law in Austin and at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio and is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
He also is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In his role as an adjunct professor, Gerry teaches a course titled Advanced Criminal Law (Defense of a Complex Federal Prosecution). Other lectures and presentations include U.S. Supreme Court updates, Crawford & the Current State of the Hearsay Rule, Crossing the Double Crosser and Federal Appeals.
His published works include: Grand Jury Practice; Pretrial Release; Indictment [Joinder/Severance/Transfer]; Pretrial Motions; Suppression of Evidence; Jury Selection; Trial [Evidence]; Examination of Witnesses; Jury Instructions; Closing Arguments; Creative Trial Techniques; Criminal Issues - Civil Cases; Jury Arguments [Closings to Remember]; Search and Seizure; Life and Hearsay - Post Crawford Era; Federal Appeals; and Supreme Court Review.
Gerry earned his juris doctor at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas, in 1968. He also graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1965, with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.
Gerry received a certification in Criminal Law in 1975 from the State Bar of Texas. He holds the following bar admissions: Texas (1968), Colorado (1989), U.S. District Court Western District of Texas (1970), U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit (1982), U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit (1970), U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit (1983), U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit (1979), U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit (1983), U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit (1981) and the U.S. Supreme Court (1975).
Gerry Goldstein received NORML's Al Horn Memorial award in 1999, which commemorated a lifetime of advocacy and support for responsible marijuana law reform. He has also received the following honors and awards: Best Lawyers in America, 1987 -- Present; Texas Monthly - Texas Super Lawyers; Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers; Top 50 Central and West Texas Region Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2003 -- 2007; Scene in SA Monthly - San Antonio's Best Attorneys, San Antonio Law, Top Ten Lawyers, 2004 -- 2008; Texas Lawyer Legal Legends, 100 Best Lawyers over Last 100 years (100 Year Anniversary of State Bar of Texas), 2000; Fellow, State Bar Foundation, 1976 -- Present; Recipient, Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award [Outstanding Criminal Defense Attorney in the United States] from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1991; Recipient, Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer in Texas from the State Bar of Texas, 1991; Justice Albert Tate, Jr. Award [Outstanding Contribution to Criminal Advocacy] from the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1993; Recipient, John Henry Faulk Civil Libertarian of the Year Award from the American Civil Liberties Union; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Hall of Fame, 2002; Marquis Who's Who, Who's Who in American Law, 14th Edition, 2006 -- 2007.
He is a member of the following professional associations: National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Past President (1994 -- 1995); Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Past President; International Academy of Trial Lawyers; American College of Trial Lawyers; American Board of Criminal Lawyers; American Board of Trial Advocates, President ; Dean's Round Table, University of Texas School of Law; Texas Civil Liberties Union; San Antonio Bar Association; American Bar Association; and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.
Barry Grissom was appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas by President Barack Obama in 2010. As U.S. Attorney, he assessed and resolved a wide array of civil and criminal cases, managed three offices and a large legal workforce of 49 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and 53 support staff, while representing the Department of Justice in diverse communities across his district. Grissom's law enforcement priorities included national security, violent crime, drug trafficking, financial fraud and crimes against children.
As U.S. Attorney, Grissom was selected by Attorney General Eric Holder to serve as one of 15 members on the Attorney's General Advisory Committee (AGAC), which advises the Attorney General on matters of administration and policy. As a member of the AGAC, Grissom contributed to efforts to reform the federal criminal justice system through his Smart on Crime initiative. He also served on several sub-committees, including Financial Fraud, Health Care Fraud Prevention & Enforcement Team, Terrorism & National Security (Cyber), Native American Issues and Civil Rights.
Prior to his work as U.S. Attorney, Grissom was in private practice law for 27 years in both state and federal court, with involvement at every level of complex government litigation matters. He has experience leading white collar criminal prosecutions and affirmative civil lawsuits, prosecuting complex white collar crime cases involving financial, securities, health care and related industries, crisis management and regulatory enforcement matters.
He graduated from Kansas University in 1977 and the Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1981 where he was a member of the Law Review and Moot Court. He is currently a partner with the Polsinelli Law firm in Kansas City, MO.
Carl Hart is a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. He has published nearly 100 scientific articles in the area of neuropsychopharmacology and is co-author of the textbook Drugs, Society and Human Behavior (with Charles Ksir). His most recent book,"High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society," was the 2014 winner of the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Fast Company magazine named Hart one of Most Creative People for 2014.
Sam Kamin Sam Kamin has emerged as an expert voice on marijuana law reform in Colorado and throughout the country. He sat on Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper's Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force and worked with the ACLU and California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom to formulate a set of best practices for marijuana regulation in that state. In addition, he has written more than a dozen scholarly articles on the subject of marijuana law reform and co-authors the series "Altered State: Inside Colorado's Marijuana Economy" for Slate Magazine, chronicling the impact of Colorado's marijuana regulations on lawmakers, businesses and consumers. In the spring of 2015 he taught the nation's first law school course on representing marijuana clients and was named the Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy.
Lauren Maytin is a former Colorado State Public Defender and is currently an attorney in private practice in beautiful Aspen, Colorado where she has been located since 2002. She was the John Flowers Mark NORML Scholarship winner in 2001 and has committed her life to representing those accused of crime and in need of a lawyer well versed in the constitution. Her practice focuses primarily on criminal defense work and the counseling of caregivers, patients, doctors, growers, dispensary owners, and landlords regarding all facets of Colorado's Medical Marijuana Laws. Lauren is on the Board of Directors for Colorado NORML and is an active member of the NLC, CCDB, CBA and ABOR. Lauren enjoys snowboarding, skiing, hiking, mountain climbing, playing with her son Hunter and going to concerts.
David Michael is a practicing criminal defense trial lawyer in San Francisco, CA., formerly a partner with Serra, Lichter, Daar, Bustamante, and Michael. He specializes in medical cannabis cases as well as state and federal forfeiture litigation. He is also a long standing member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), a member of their Forfeiture Task Force and a NORML Legal Committee (NLC) member. He has lectured for both those organizations. He has successfully litigated many federal forfeiture cases in a number of federal circuits throughout the country since 1994 and was counsel before the United States Supreme Court on the last forfeiture case decided by that Court in United States v. $405,089.23 U.S. Currency et al. He has appeared on numerous talk shows and national news discussions on that subject.
Since joining with attorney Edward Burch in San Francisco in 2007, Mr. Michael and Mr. Burch have litigated forfeiture cases in at least twelve different Federal District Courts and four different Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal throughout the country and are among the very few attorneys who have successfully obtained orders of attorney's fees against the United States for prevailing in forfeiture cases, with multiple U.S. District Courts recognizing them as having expertise in forfeiture litigation. Recent victories in forfeiture cases include U.S. v. Grossi, 482 F. App'x 252, 255 (9th Cir. 2012) (the government ordered to return financed portion of forfeited warehouse to client convicted of illegally maintaining marijuana grow in the warehouse because client continued to pay off loan after being indicted); U.S. v. $574,840, et. al., 19 F.3d 648 (7th Cir. 2013) (reversing district court order granting government's motion to strike claimants for a supposed lack of Article III standing); U.S. v. 7215 Longboat Dr., 750 F.3d 968 (8th Cir. 2014) (reversing district court order granting government's motion to strike claimants' claims as untimely, holding that the government failed to provide proper notice of the claim deadlines); U.S. v. $85,688.00, 577 Fed. Appx. 811 (10th Cir. 2014) (reversing district court's denial of claimant's motion to suppress with subsequent order granting attorney fees); U.S. v. $239,400, 795 F.3d 639 (7th Cir. 2015) (seminal opinion, reversing district court's order granting government's motion for summary judgment based on claimants' supposed lack of Article III standing and failure to sufficiently answer special interrogatories); People v. Bobcat Tractor, Shasta Cty Sup. Ct. No. CV-15-0181766 (09/04/15) (dismissing case on due process grounds, denying People's motion to amend, and returning property to client).
In addition, for many years, Mr. Michael has also represented numerous high profile defendants in federal medical cannabis prosecutions, including B.E. Smith and Todd McCormick, as well as appearing before various federal courts of appeal on the constitutional and statutory issues raised. He was also co-counsel for Angel Raich and Diane Monson before the United States Supreme Court in Raich v. Gonzales, addressing the issue of whether the federal government had the power to regulate or punish state medical cannabis activities. He has lectured and advised many clients on the relationship between federal law and state medical cannabis law. David Michael has also represented Charles Harrelson, the father of actor Woody Harrelson, who had been convicted some 20 years ago for the killing of a federal district court judge and was seeking a new trial and a reversal of his conviction.
Courtney N. Moran, LL.M. founding principal of EARTH Law, LLC is the leading national expert on industrial hemp law who drives policy in developing a sustainable Cannabis hemp industry. She is a sought-after speaker who has presented on industrial hemp law and policy at conferences throughout the U.S. and at Oregon State University. In January 2014, Courtney graduated magna cum laude from Lewis and Clark Law School with a Master of Laws in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, with an emphasis in Industrial Hemp Law. Courtney is the founder of the non-profit Oregon Hemp Industries Association. She is also a registered lobbyist for industrial hemp in Oregon, and lobbies on behalf of the Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmers Association. Courtney has testified on proposed industrial hemp legislation before the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon House of Representatives, Committee on Rules, Oregon Joint Committee on Marijuana Legalization, and the Oregon House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources. In the Spring of 2015 Courtney's article, Industrial Hemp: Canada Exports, United States Imports was published in the Fordham Environmental Law Review.
Danica Noble is Chair of the Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and Unfair Business Practices Section of the Washington State Bar Association. In November, the Section will hold its 32nd annual competition seminar. Danica is also coordinator for the NORML Women of Washington - a women's cannabis law reform organization. In 2014 Danica presented at TEDx Kamuela in Hawaii on women's role in ending prohibition.
Okorie Okorocha has been an attorney for 13 years and has litigated many matters involving marijuana, alcohol and other drugs. He is the ONLY lawyer ever to obtain dual (civil and criminal) National Board Certification in Trial Law. He has been the lead counsel in 100 jury trials involving marijuana, alcohol and drugs of abuse. In addition to his Bachelor's degree in Biology, and his J.D. degree, he holds a Masters of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a specialization in Forensic Science. He holds a second Masters of Science degree in Forensic Toxicology. He has also been published 7 times in the area of DUI Forensics in scholarly journals. Okorocha has worked as a Forensic expert witness in marijuana, drug and alcohol cases for 9 years, and he has testified in over 200 jury trials, 3000 administrative hearings and many military courts, and has an extraordinary success rate that is second to none.
Lisa Padilla concentrates on asset protection, estate planning and estate litigation, representing business owners, fiduciaries (executors and trustees), charitable organizations, and beneficiaries. She has served as an advisor to many start-up and family-owned business owners, and has counseled several in their quest to bring their companies public. Most recently, Lisa's practice is focused on closely held businesses in the cannabis industry. Lisa has been in practice for over 25 years, and in that time has amassed a wide array of corporate, financial and estate litigation experience that enables her to provide the very best in legal and financial solutions for her clients.
With an extensive background in financial planning techniques, coupled with an advanced law degree in taxation, Lisa has a unique perspective on legal and financial issues, allowing for a holistic approach to her clients' financial and estate planning situations. Lisa uses sophisticated tax efficient techniques designed to protect assets from creditors, while facilitating the transfer of wealth between domestic partners and spouses (starter and trophy) and to younger generations. Some techniques include the use of trusts, business succession plans, family limited partnerships, charitable giving plans, and a variety of contractual agreements, including buy-sell agreements, domestic partnership agreements, pre- and post-marital agreements, and separation and divorce agreements. The trust and estate administration portion of her practice includes post-mortem tax planning and providing counsel to beneficiaries and fiduciaries in order to preserve inherited wealth.
With a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and an LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law, Lisa is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of New York, New Jersey (retired) and Massachusetts (retired), the First and Second U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, the U.S. Tax Court and SCOTUS. Lisa was an Adjunct Professor in New York Law School's LL.M. Program in Taxation, teaching business planning, wealth transfer tax and estate planning for seven years. She has been a panelist and speaker for a variety of organizations, including the New York Bar Association, recently presenting on legal issues facing the cannabis industry and estate planning techniques; testifying before the New Jersey Assembly regarding the Family Equality Act; the American Red Cross for recipients of the Victim's Compensation Fund; New York County Lawyers' Association; Financial Planners' Association. She has been quoted by the New York Times, The Daily News, Worth Magazine, Forbes.com, the New Jersey Lawyer, NPR Marketplace and CBS News Marketwatch. Lisa is currently a member of the Board of Callen Lorde Community Health Center (2014 - present); and recently completed her three year term as the Chair of the Surrogate's Court Committee (2013 - 2016). Lisa also served a one year term as a member of the Executive Committee of the Chelsea Reform Democratic Club (2015); and was a member of the Board of the 1080 Warburton Corporation for several years, serving as President for one year.
Keith Stroup is a Washington, DC public-interest attorney who founded NORML in 1970. Stroup obtained his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Illinois in 1965, and in 1968 he graduated from Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC. Following two years as staff counsel for the National Commission on Product Safety, Mr. Stroup founded NORML and ran the organization through 1979, during which 11 states decriminalized minor marijuana offenses.
Stroup has also practiced criminal law, lobbied on Capitol Hill for family farmers and artists, and for several years served as executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).
In 1992 Stroup was the recipient of the Richard J. Dennis Drugpeace Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Drug Policy Reform presented by the Drug Policy Foundation, Washington, DC. In 1994 Stroup resumed his work with NORML, rejoining the board of directors and serving again as Executive Director through 2004. He is currently serving as Legal Counsel with NORML.
Jeff Wertz was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and since 1996 has been a criminal and civil litigation attorney based in Aspen, Colorado. He graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. Jeff attended Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, graduating Cum Laude in 1996; while at Duquesne law, he was a member of Duquesne Law Review and was twice elected president of his class.
Jeff recently passed the bar exam in London and will be called to the Bar of England and Wales as a barrister in October of 2012. Jeff became a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in 2010.
Jeff is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and Colorado and in several federal courts including the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, NORML, the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar [Sustaining Member], and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. Jeff serves his local community of Aspen as a member of the Liquor Licensing Authority.
Adam Wolf is a Shareholder with Peiffer Rosca Wolf Abdullah Carr & Kane. He litigates constitutional and civil rights claims, represents clients in appeals, and handles complex litigation. Adam has argued in numerous federal and state courts of appeals, in addition to the United States Supreme Court. He frequently represents clients in high-stakes drug cases, such as the defense of California's medical marijuana laws and the defense of a dispensary owner who was sued for violating civil RICO.
Adam graduated, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School and Amherst College. Following law school, Adam had the honor of serving as a judicial law clerk to The Honorable Ronald Lee Gilman, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and The Honorable Robert J. Timlin, on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Adam has been quoted in hundreds of domestic and international newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal. Additionally, he has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, ABC World News, NBC Nightly News, CNN Headline News, National Public Radio, and the BBC. Adam lectures around the country regarding drug policy, constitutional law, civil rights, and the Supreme Court.